Free Will and the Anders Breivik Trial

On the first day of his trial, Anders Breivik admitted to planting a bomb that killed eight people outside the Norwegian prime minister’s office in Oslo on July 22, 2011, then shooting dead sixty-nine people, most of them teenagers, hours later at a summer camp on Utoya Island. Given there...

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